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Helmsley Tours

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Helmsley
A lively market town within the North York Moors National Park, Helmsley is a popular day-trip from nearby York. The cobblestone streets of the town center—as well as quaint teahouses, ivy-covered traditional pubs, and an imposing 12th-century castle—add to the appeal of this traditional Yorkshire destination.
 
The Basics
Stroll around town, venture out into nature, or both. After a hike in the national park, stop by Helmsley for a hearty lunch, then discover the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey, relax in Duncombe Park, or embark on the Cleveland Way National Trail. While you can explore Helmsley and many of its attractions independently, you may prefer to make the most of limited time in the region by joining a comprehensive guided 1-day tour. 
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Ruined abbeys and the medieval Helmsley Castle will interest history buffs.  
  • The National Centre for Birds of Prey, in Duncombe Park, is a must-visit for animal lovers.
  • Yorkshire weather is unpredictable—pack an extra jacket or umbrella.
  • Cobblestone streets and centuries-old attractions may make accessibility challenging for travelers with mobility issues.
 
How to Get There
Helmsley is well-connected with several larger North Yorkshire destinations, including York, which is 25 miles (40 kilometers) south. The closest train station is in Malton—from there, take a 25-minute taxi ride to Helmsley. To save time, visit Helmsley as part of a hassle-free day tour that includes round-trip transportation.
 
When to Get There
To increase your chances of a sunny day in Helmsley, visit in the summer. However, most of Helmsley’s attractions are open and accessible year-round, and the North York Moors National Park lends itself to brisk winter walks.  
 
Natural Attractions in and Around Helmsley
With its advantageous position on the fringes of the North York Moors National Park, Helmsley offers plenty of opportunities for active travelers. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the region via hikes, guided walks, and bike rides. If you’d rather stay in the town itself, both the walled garden and Duncombe Park are appealing options, especially if you’re traveling with kids. 
Address: Helmsley, North Yorkshire, England
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Private Tour - Whitby and The North York Moors Day Trip from Harrogate

Private Tour - Whitby and The North York Moors Day Trip from Harrogate

For group sizes of up to 4, 8 or 15 passengers, this Private Guided Day Trip from Harrogate, just for your party, provides the opportunity to spend three hours enjoying Whitby, as well as exploring the scenic and picturesque North York Moors National Park. You will have a full three hours of free time in the fishing port of Whitby on this trip, to see Whitby Abbey (inspiration for the Dracula books), visit the Captain Cook Attractions, shop for some Whitby Jet or Gothic Fashion, sample Fish & Chips from the famous Magpie Café or just enjoy the bustling port and waterfront – the choice is yours! As well as photo stops on the moors, you will also stop at the famous Kilburn White Horse, the market town of Helmsley (with its quaint cafes, shops and medieval castle) and the beautiful, traditional English villages of Goathland (Heartbeat and Harry Potter filming location) and Lealholm (with its stepping stones across the River Esk).
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  • 8 hours 15 minutes
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Whitby and The North York Moors Day Trip from York

Whitby and The North York Moors Day Trip from York

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Spend three hours enjoying Whitby on our friendly, small-group, Guided Day Trip from York, as well as exploring the scenic and picturesque North York Moors National Park. You will have a full three hours of free time in the fishing port of Whitby on this trip, to see Whitby Abbey (inspiration for the Dracula books), visit the Captain Cook Attractions, shop for some Whitby Jet or Gothic Fashion, sample Fish & Chips from the famous Magpie Café or just enjoy the bustling port and waterfront – the choice is yours! As well as photo stops on the moors, you will also stop at the famous Kilburn White Horse, the market town of Helmsley (with its quaint cafes, shops and medieval castle) and the beautiful, traditional English villages of Goathland (Heartbeat and Harry Potter filming location) and Lealholm (with its stepping stones across the River Esk). Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group mini-coach​ tour, limited to 16 people.
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  • 8 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Private Tour - Whitby and The North York Moors Day Trip from York

Private Tour - Whitby and The North York Moors Day Trip from York

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The North York Moors National Park and Whitby make ideal day trips from bustling York, but organizing your itinerary and travel arrangements independently can be time-consuming. On this private tour, reach both sites with ease from your York hotel. Discover top attractions including 7th-century Whitby Abbey, and see the best of England’s beautiful northern countryside in a comfortable maximum group size of 15.
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  • 8 hours 15 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$553.96
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